On NRL debut, nib Newcastle Knights forward Tyrone Amey made quite the impression.
In just 32 minutes, the Reserve Grade regular managed a try assist and 70 metres from eight runs.
“It was unreal,” Amey told Knights TV in the sheds after the match.
“The whole week it has just been surreal for me and my family and just in shock basically.
“It was good to get some time in first grade this year and hopefully be back next year and put some more minutes together.
“I can’t thank the Club, my coach, Nathan Brown, the list goes on… I can’t thank everyone enough.
“I have been here a long time and to debut today on Old Boys Day was very special to me and my family.”
Amey maintains it was a tough challenge against the reigning premiers.
“We knew they had a big pack and they had a good backline,” he said.
“We definitely would have liked to get the win in front of everyone but we put in a strong performance and were just unlucky in the end.”
The young forward will now have to prepare for semi-finals after the Reserve Grade side won their Elimination Final on Sunday.
He will also be contemplating his future next year, hoping to notch up a few more NRL games.
“I have always stated I want to do this for a living and I love this game and it’s all I have ever known,” Amey explained.
“I definitely want to stick around at the Club and it has been an awesome week.”
The Reserve Grade Knights take on the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday.